Periodontal disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss but thankfully it’s preventable. Recognizing the early warning signs can help you intercept the infection while it’s still in the beginning stages of gingivitis.
Gingivitis vs. Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis is an infectious condition that causes inflamed, red gum tissues along the teeth. Typically it’s due to plaque buildup and a lapse in home care. But with improved brushing and daily flossing, most gingivitis cases are 100% reversible within a couple of weeks.
Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more aggressive tissue infection. Tissues ultimately detach from your tooth root and create deep “pockets” around them. Bone loss is also common. At this stage of the disease, tartar buildup is typical. Unfortunately, tartar cannot be removed through brushing and flossing, so professional care is required to stop the cycle before it results in tooth loss.